30 March 2015

Support for Indiana's RFRA is Growing

RFRA Supporters
Support for Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is growing everyday that several local businesses has gone public with their stand.

One business, Samson Family Leather in Lebanon, says while they don’t discriminate, they want the right to decline a sale that would make them feel uncomfortable. The family welcomes anyone in to their store to buy something off the rack, they say. What they say they might have trouble fulfilling is a custom order that goes against their religious beliefs.

"I want the opportunity to say,'You know, that makes me uncomfortable.' As a business person, as an American, I should have that opportunity to say, ‘This makes me uncomfortable and I wish not to do that'," said Casey Samson.

Governor Mike Pence penned the bill in to law a few days ago. Thousands of its supporters say it was necessary to protect state business owners from excess government control. Nineteen other states have similar laws that mirror the federal version that was put in to place more than two decades ago, while others have started to draft one as well.

"This bill is not about discrimination and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way, I would’ve vetoed it," said Governor Pence.

Katie Blair, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, doesn’t see it that way. The group is really small, but use a loud voice to make it appear that they talking for the majority in Indiana.

"The reason that RFRA is where it is right now is it’s a direct backlash for the gains of the LGBT community that we’ve had here in Indiana for the past year,” Blair said.

Some states that have a version of this law also have anti-discrimination laws. Indiana does not. Blair wants to fight that and has help.

Casey Samson says he would support an anti-discrimination law.

"Absolutely, and I think that this law is not legalizing discrimination," Samson said.

House Speaker Brian Bosma Tweeted: "No discrimination is tolerated under Indiana RFRA. Check the facts (not the fiction) on our Resource page."


29 March 2015

Cambodia Has Thrown Its Support to China

West Philippine Sea
Cambodia has finally showed its true colors regarding the West Philippine Sea issue after its leaders publicly endorsed China's position. They claimed that the territorial disputes in the region cannot be solved through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on 25 March 2015 that the issue should be solved by the countries directly affected by the disputes.

“Ultimately, it is not an issue for ASEAN as a whole. It is bilateral issue between the concerned countries, which need to talk between themselves," he said.

Beijing has said it only will negotiate territorial disputes in one-on-one negotiations and has rejected any multilateral venue for dealing with the issues.

But the Philippines and Vietnam, both members of ASEAN, have been pushing for a more regional and multi-lateral approach to the problem.

Although this is the first time Cambodia's leader has explicitly stated his position on the issue, Phnom Penh came under fire by some for its handling of the matter while it held the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2012.

Referring to the rotating ASEAN chairmanship, Hun Sen defended Cambodia's leadership.

“After Cambodia, Brunei also could not find a solution; Myanmar failed as well. Now I am waiting to see if Malaysia will be able to solve the problem," said Hun Sen. "I can say, it will not be able to do so ... impossible. But they only blamed Cambodia, only Cambodia was wrong. I will wait to see the whole round.”

During the 2012 ASEAN summit, the regional leaders failed to issue a joint declaration. Critics said the failure was caused by Cambodia protecting China's position on the South China Sea issue.

The ASEAN groups together Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition to Vietnam and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei also have territorial disputes with China.


28 March 2015

Thigh Gap is Still Hot, Mons Pubis is Next

Thigh Gap
Contrary to what some fat and overweight models claim, ‘thigh gap’ trend is still much fashionable and much more sought after body shape. As Stanley Tucci’s character declared in 2006’s ”The Devil Wears Prada,” “size zero is the new two, size two is the new four and size six is the new 14.”

The Urban Dictionary website describes ‘thigh gap’ in no uncertain terms as "the gap between a woman's thighs directly below the vagina, often diamond shaped when the thighs are together."

It started with twenty one-year-old British model Cara Delevingne's legs , which were dubbed as the torchbearers of the ‘thigh gap’ obsession that's haunting social networking sites. There's even a Twitter ID dedicated to them, under which users post pictures of non-touching thighs for inspiration, and numerous dedicated blogs.

The images posted mirror the ubiquitous images of young, slim models and pop stars in shorts, often at festivals such as Glastonbury or Coachella, that have flooded the mainstream media in recent years, bringing with them the idea that skinniness, glamour and fun are intertwined.

Bloggers post pictures of themselves following their weight-loss journey to achieve the gap. This has made parental experts and counsellors see red, resulting in anti-thigh gap movements including Tumblr sites Touching Thighs and No Thigh Gap.

Selfies commonly show one part of a person's anatomy, a way of compartmentalising body sections to show them in the best light, and the ‘thigh gap’ is particularly popular. What was once a standard barometer of thinness among models is now apparently sought after by a wider public.

After the ‘thigh gap’ trend, women will next look down and check the size of their mons pubis.

“This year, the hot new body part is the formerly unnoticed span of flesh between the top of one’s panties and the labia majora,” wrote Jennifer Weiner in The New York Times in the appropriately titled article, “Great! Another Thing to Hate About Ourselves.”

This seemingly private body part has left many overweight and lazy women and girls with another set of insecurities that go beyond stretch marks, eye bags, and butts and boobs. It has even spurred plastic surgery for those who want to look trendy.

Monsplasty, also known as a pubic lift, is a procedure used to reduce and tighten the mons pubis. This procedure is performed in combination with a tummy tuck and body lift or at the same time as labiaplasty and vaginaplasty to “rejuvenate the entire female genitalia area, according to Davinciplastic.com.

The mons pubis can become overly large with weight gain, childbirth, or normal aging. The excess sagging can also interfere with urination stream and/or sexual relations.


27 March 2015

Indiana Pushes for Religious Freedom Bill

Religious Freedom in Indiana
Majority support for anti-gay marriage in the United States is slowly flexing its muscles, but the people of Indiana want to pump the iron and throw the first punch as well.

Despite the senseless opposition of the minority, the Roman Catholic hierarchy and conservative Evangelicals were able to find ways to express their right to associate with whoever they want without anybody forcing them to be accommodating to the disdainful people of the country.

The new strategy is to do state-by-state what has been impossible nationally because of the unilateral decisions of federal judges. Bills supported by majority of the population are popping up all over the country in state legislatures in what could be an effective (and legal) defense against the authoritarian rulings of federal courts to force everyone to be serve the despicable needs of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) people even if they have no reason to.

In Indiana, the House of Representatives has just passed a bill that would exempt individuals and companies from non-discrimination rulings by the courts—based on their religious beliefs. A similar bill was passed earlier by the Indiana Senate, and once the two are reconciled, Republican Governor Mike Pence has indicated he will sign it.

This legislation, like its sister bills in other state legislatures, is based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill passed by the U.S. Congress in 1993. Many states have their own RFRAs, which, like the federal one, prevent any law which substantially burdens a person’s free expression of religion.

If this legislation becomes law, anyone who disagrees with any non-discrimination legislation or court rulings would be allowed, based on their religious beliefs, to disregard the provisions of that non-discrimination protection.

The multiple ways in which this legislation will protect everyone’s right to association is immense. First, this would protect the members of any religious group from catering to the demands of LGBTs with its “Fags Love Child Sex” approach; the crazy, renegade paedophile lesbians and their lust for girl-child; anal-sex lovers; promiscuous and profligate sex, and indecent display of lewd sexual behaviours. Also, this would help prevent the floodgates for LGBTs to compel everyone to accept their unreasonable requests, including a threat of discrimination lawsuits.

Make no mistake: These anti-gay marriage legislative bills, like the one about to become law in Indiana, are about protecting the person’s basic religious right, as well as pre-empting and forestalling any efforts to undermine such protections in place. The bills is a solid legal weapon against ‘homofascism’ all dressed up in human-right vestments and “equal treatment” language. But it is still 'homofascism,' pure and simple, against a targeted group of fellow religious citizens. No amount of cloaking in the garb of “marriage equality” is going to turn this sow’s ear into a silk purse.


26 March 2015

LGBT School Group Publicly Bullies Students

Acalanes HS
Todd Starnes, host of Fox News & Commentary, had an interesting report recently on how lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) group in a California high school has publicly shamed students who opposed their views and teachers have allowed it.

The Queer Straight Alliance at Acalanes High School, in Lafayette, lectured students in several ninth-grade English classes on 29 January 2015 about LGBT issues. Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), which is representing the parents, said that the students, ages 14 and 15, were instructed to stand in a circle. Then, they were grilled about their personal beliefs and their parents’ beliefs on homosexuality.

"The QSA had students step forward to demonstrate whether they believed that being gay was a choice and whether their parents would be accepting if they came out as gay," PJI attorney Matthew McReynolds said. “Students who did not step forward were ridiculed and humiliated.”

PJI is a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases. They are representing several families who had children in the freshman classes – some of whom also are angry because there was no parental notification of the LGBT lecture.

"Singling out students for ridicule based on their moral or political beliefs is a Marxist tactic that should have no place in the United States of America," Dacus said.

During the lecture, the Queer Student Alliance provided students with the names of the gay and lesbian teachers at the high school. They also had students line up to demonstrate where they fell on the “gender spectrum."

"It was an exercise in gender fluidity," the parent of one child told me. "They told the students that one day they could come to school feeling like a boy and the next day they could come to school feeling like a girl.”

Students were given a handout with LGBT terminology – including words like pan-sexual, demi-boy and gray gender.

Demi-boy/girl is defined as someone who only partially identifies as a man or woman. Gray gender defines someone who feels as though they sort of fit inside the gender binary, but that their gender is more hazy and undefined.

"Acalanes High School and the district have defied common sense, ignored the law and broken parents’ trust," McReynolds said in a prepared statement. "These administrators are acting like schoolyard bullies. If they think intimidation is going to work on us or these parents, they are greatly mistaken."

"It was a public outing,” one parent told me. “My child is being raised in a family with conservative values. We are a Christian family. What bothers me the most is the school is being dishonest and secretive about what’s happening. My son’s value system and our belief system is not being respected on a many levels."

And from a very practical point – she wants to know why the Queer Student Alliance was allowed to take over an English class.

"There’s no other club at the high school that gets face time in front of freshman English classes for an entire period," the parent said.

So why is Acalanes High School outing students who may not agree with every facet of the LGBT agenda?